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Albus Dumbledore and the Chamber of Secret Orientations

One of the largest arguments I’ve seen in the Harry Potter fandom has been about whether Dumbledore is considered adequate gay representation. (I use gay rather than one of the more inclusive acronyms because Dumbledore is a cis gay man, and therefore does not represent any of the other letters.)

Lots of people, myself included, would say that Dumbledore doesn’t count as representation because his sexuality was announced after the publication of the books, rather than as part of the story. Others say that it fits into canon really well, and that it could be inferred through close reading of the books. This would mean that JKR was clarifying information that was already there, rather than adding new information.

The question still stands as to why it wasn’t explicitly mentioned. There are three main fan theories I’ve seen justifying JKR’s decision not to state that Dumbledore is gay within the books. In this post I will give some arguments for and against each of these theories, as well as one possible way Dumbledore’s sexual orientation could still have been mentioned outright within those contexts.


FAN THEORY #1

The Wizarding World is homophobic so it was not safe for Dumbledore to come out.

Arguments For:

-There are no other canonically LGBTQ+ characters in the series, which upholds the idea that most people are closeted.

-The wizarding world has a strong traditional streak which could easily include homophobia.

Arguments Against:

-Erasure is only one aspect of homophobia. Others include harassment, jokes and derogatory comments, and other things that are not apparent in the books. The only homophobic comment is made at the beginning of book five by Dudley Dursley, who is not a wizard.

-Dumbledore is the sort of person who stands up for his beliefs even if they’re unpopular. Do you think he’d really stand by and let homophobia run rampant without any mention of it at all?

How Dumbledore’s Sexual Orientation Could Have Been Included

-While nobody likes a forced outing, if the wizarding world is this homophobic it stands to reason that Rita Skeetor would comment on Dumbledore’s sexual orientation in her attempts to defame him in book seven. Alternatively, it could have been mentioned by anyone in the Order when talking about unfair prejudices in the wizarding world, especially Dumbledore himself.

FAN THEORY #2

The Wizarding World is so accepting of gay people that Dumbledore never had to say it outright because straight is not considered the default.

Arguments For:

-The aforementioned lack of blatant homophobia in the wizarding world.

-Based on Dumbledore’s character, he’s far less likely to mention it if he doesn’t consider it to be a big deal.

Arguments Against:

-In a world where straight is not the default, we would have seen same-gender couples at the Yule Ball and similar events. If there’s no reason not to come out, the odds of Harry not knowing a single gay person are staggeringly low.

-By not including other LGBTQ+ characters, JKR does not challenge the idea of straight as default. While it is sad that this needs to be challenged, the lack of LGBTQ+ characters in literature and TV mean that we are likely to assume characters are straight and cis until proven otherwise. To write a world with rules and defaults that are different then our ingrained ones, you have to do something to indicate this or we won’t know it, and sadly JKR does not do this in Harry Potter

How Dumbledore’s Sexual Orientation Could Have Been Included

If the world is really that accepting, the information would probably have been out there. While Dumbledore may be too private to mention his own relationships to students, a serious relationship might have been mentioned in a biography of him or by someone who knows him well like Elphias Doge. Alternatively, enough other gay characters could have mentioned that the reader would know that straight is not the default in this world.

FAN THEORY #3

Regardless of how the Wizarding World feels about it, Dumbledore was out; Harry was just too oblivious to notice, especially since Dumbledore is so private.

Arguments For:

-Harry does tend to hyperfocus on certain things and ignore others. For example, he was so busy trying to contact Sirius by Floo in Book 5 that he forgets that Sirius gave him another tool for communicating.

-Dumbledore is very private, so someone like Harry who misses out on certain details definitely might not notice that he’s gay.

Arguments Against:

-Just because Harry is initially oblivious to something doesn’t mean no one will ever point it out to him. For example, he didn’t realize that Remus and Tonks were dating at first, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t find out later.

How Dumbledore’s Sexual Orientation Could Have Been Included

In Book 7, Harry begins to realize how little he actually knew about Dumbledore. Finding out that he was gay, either from a member of the Order or from a book/newspaper, could have been an interesting part of this journey. Realizing that not only does he know nothing about Dumbledore’s past, but that he’s been making wrong assumptions about who Dumbledore dates, would definitely fit into this theme of realizing how little he knew of his mentor.

CONCLUSION:

1)     None of these scenarios fits perfectly. The problem is that there is no authentic explanation for a world with no LGBTQ+ people, because we exist. JKR is certainly not the only author to create such a world, but it is important to recognize the erasure that is going on here.

2)     Any one of these scenarios would have made more sense if Dumbledore’s sexual orientation was stated explicitly. It would have clarified what it means to be gay in this world and allowed more of the readers to see themselves in this story.


 CLOSING THOUGHTS

“But doesn’t the stuff with Grindelwald in Book 7 make it pretty clear that Dumbledore’s gay? Why do they need to actually say the word?”

Well, to use Dumbledore’s own words, “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” I’d also like to point out that:

1)     While many people read the Harry Potter series, they are classified as Children’s books. Children are not necessarily the most sophisticated readers, and therefore might not be able to see things that are hinted at but not stated outright.

2)     Half of the time when LGBTQ+ people suggested that a character is coded queer, straight people tell us that we’re reading too much into things. Sometimes even the author will say this. When we’re constantly taught that we’re imagining things unless it is stated outright, then yes it does need to be state outright.

TDLR: Not only is there no reason JKR couldn’t have mentioned Dumbledore’s sexual orientation in the books, the books would actually have benefitted a lot from her mentioning it.

 

FURTHER READING: Why Representation Matters

I Don’t Believe You... Really? #2

Originally posted by hey-kids-want-some-avengers

A series in which Tony Stark has proved Steve Rogers to be gullible and believed his ridiculous; stories, theories and conspiracies.

Part One


“The Irish are definitely going to win this game, I can tell,” Tony says obnoxiously loudly to Clint, who frowned and looked at the genius, Tony only glanced at Steve who was stood stirring a cup of coffee and briefly looked at Tony with mild curiosity.

Clint shrugged, “I don’t know, the Irish suck at pretty much every sport.”

“Yeah but Quidditch is their game,” Tony says in a deadly serious voice and Clint stares blankly at Stark and he knows. He instantly knows what the billionaire is doing, it takes a great amount of control for him to just nod in agreement. “

Steve steps away from the counter with his coffee, frowning and showing interest in the conversation, Clint nods. “Yeah, but the Bulgarians have Krum, greatest seeker!” Tony nods with a little sigh.

“Isn’t Quidditch from those famous movies?” Steve asked with a raised eyebrow, already looking at Tony, probably thinking he has the upper hand for knowing about the Harry Potter movies.

Tony sighs with an eye roll, “Yes, it is. But the movies are based on books, the books are British, and Quidditch is a British made sport.” Steve furrowed his brow, “It was founded in Manchester, a place called Queerditch, hence where it got the name Quidditch.” Clint raised his eyebrows at Stark who remained passive.

“Isn’t usually played on brooms? Ya’know, the thing witches fly on.” Steve placed his mug down, sitting down in a seat opposite Tony. Both Steve and Clint ready to hear Tony explain this.

Stark crosses his arms. “Well, of course, it’s only recently a sport.” Steve cocked an eyebrow, “the whole sport was made based around broomsticks, aesthetic again. Some woman named Gertie Keddle made these flyable broomsticks back in the late seventies, since then it’s been evolving, actually, the Quidditch committee got in contact with me.” Tony shrugged.

Steve continued to frown at both Tony and Stark, “I don’t believe either of you,” he admits as he sips his coffee. Clint glances at Tony who is smirking, also counting down on his hands from five, lowering each digit till he placed his hand down. “Really?” Is all that Clint hears next from Steve.

“Yes, I got us tickets to the next game.” Tony sighs gently with an eye roll to Clint, who has unfortunately cracked under pressure and is chuckling to himself.

Steve sighs angrily, “I told you to stop doing this.”

“You actually believed Quidditch was a real, legitimate sport.” Both Iron Man and Hawkeye reduced to fits of laughter as Captain America leaves.  

(I haven’t posted anything for a while because I am busy editing series and stuff. Anyway, have this small little drabble, my humour. This series isn’t something I update often, only when I find stuff that Tony would use against Steve. - Rosalee)


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“The invention of the Golden Snitch is credited to the wizard Bowman Wright of Godric’s Hollow. While Quidditch teams all over the country tried to find bird substitutes for the Snidget (a small golden bird predating the Snitch, which was nearly hunted into extinction as it was nearly always crushed to death by the victorious seeker), Wright, who was a skilled metal-charmer, set himself to the task of creating a ball that mimicked the behaviour and flight patterns of the Snidget. That he succeeded perfectly is clear from the many rolls of parchment he left behind him on his death (now in the possession of a private collector), listing the orders that he had received from all over the country. The Golden Snitch, as Bowman called his invention, was a walnut-sized ball exactly the weight of a Snidget. Its silvery wings had rotational joints like the Snitdget’s, enabling it to change direction with the lightening speed and precision of its living model. Unlike the Snidget, however, the Snitch had been bewitched to remain within the boundaries of the field. The introduction of the Golden Snitch may be said to have finished the process begun three hundred years before on Queerditch Marsh. Quidditch had been truly born.”

-Kennilworthy Whisp, Quidditch Through The Ages

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So this my fourth follower forever. These are the people who keep my blog active and keep me inspired.

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So in all the time that I have had this blog, I have finally hit 100 followers! (Yes I’m that lame…) I’m extremely excited so I decided to do a follow forever because I’ve always wanted to do one and I would like to point out all the blogs that have lifted my mood for some probably really odd reasons.. and maybe lowkey I just want people to notice me and become my friends… Aaanyway not everyone I follow is on here because that would be a pretty long and annoying list. (so I guess you could say these are my favorites?) but here, mutuals have * before them
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galehawthorne  asked:

Finn/Puck

GOOD

who is the big spoon/little spoon: finn tho
what is their favorite non-sexual activity: playing football or just watchign t.v
who uses all the hot water in the morning: finn
what they order from take out: MEXICAN FOOD because reasons 
what is the most trivial thing they fight over: puck swearing too much
who does most of the cleaning: probably neither of them
what has a season pass in their DVR: football games or law and order
who controls the netflix queue: FINN
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working: finn
who steals the blankets: puck
who leaves their stuff around: puck
who remembers to buy the milk
who remembers anniversaries

“As Captain of the Tumblr Queerditch team, I feel I have to speak a few words. Motivate the bloody shit out of you. I know our chasers don’t like holding their balls, and our beaters have too much fun with their bats. We might be distracted by other team players. But, god damnit we’re the best.GO FLYING FAGS. We might have lost the last match 20 to 200 to the Facebook Breeders. But it’ll be fine fellow Queerditch players. Next week we’ll beat those Twitter Tweens and the  Instagram Hipsters. I swear to you, as a the most dedicated captain that I am, that NO Queerditch team will be half as good as ours.”